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The Marina Soller is ideally located a few yards from En Repic beach, opposite the superb Puerto Soller bay, itself surrounded by spectacular mountains that drop steeply into the sea. It offers an unusual accommodation concept of studios and apartments, equipped with kitchens. In short, this is a cheap and peaceful hotel if you want to stay in the superb region of Soller, which is perfect for hiking.
The Marina Soller is a few yards from En Repic beach, separated by the pedestrian walkway that runs around the sublime Puerto Soller bay, surrounded by majestic mountains plunging into the sea. It stands 660 ft from the harbour and 2 mi from Soller, which can be reached by a wooden tramway (a 15-minute journey: ?4 each way) which takes you through orange groves. A new tunnel to Palma, which is 16 mi away, reduces the journey to the island's capital to 30 minutes, and the airport to 40 minutes. The toll for the tunnel to Soller will set you back ?4.45. If you have time, you can drive along the scenic route over Soller's pass, or even better: why not go on the traditional wooden train which has been linking Soller to Palma across glorious mountain scenery since 1912.
The Marina Soller stands directly opposite Puerto Soller beach, and therefore offers splendid views of the harbour and the bay. Hotel guests have free use of the car park. The whole of the beach and harbour area is a vehicle-free zone. The hotel is peaceful, with no organised entertainment, and it offers apartments (equipped with small kitchens) and studios. If you are bringing children, bear in mind that there is neither a mini-club nor a playground for them, and no babysitting service either. In terms of the clientele, only 5% of the guests are French-speaking (including Belgians and Quebecois) in the high season. Two rooms have been adapted for people with disabilities, and there is a special massage room for those who would like a relaxing massage. Two computers are available for guests to surf the web at a reasonable price: 20 minutes for ?1 (most other Majorcan hotels charge ?1 for 10 minutes). The hotel hires out bikes (and detailed maps) so you can head off on one of the Puerto Soller region's numerous mountain-biking trails. Every Sunday, a free tour of Soller is organised by the hotel, which is open from February to November.
Built in 1931, The Marina Soller consists of 138 rooms including apartments and studios set in a 5-floor building with a white façade, three lifts, and three 2-floor annexes without lifts. It was turned into a hotel in 2004 and renovations are carried out every year. On the other side of the building, facing the mountains, a rectangular 6.6 ft deep pool is open from 9:00am to 8:00pm. The solarium terrace, equipped with deckchairs, showers and parasols also has a table tennis table, the only place where you'll hear noise in this perfectly quiet haven. Children can paddle in an 8 inch deep pool, but don't forget to bring a towel with you!
The Marina Soller holds a total of 138 rooms, including 23 studios, 15 apartments and 4 suites. They are rather sophisticated with their marble flooring and white walls (adorned with paintings). Their amenities include twin beds, a third small bed for a child, a large wardrobe with a mirror, and a wooden desk. The apartments have a separate bedroom and lounge area, with a double sofa-bed. They are all equipped with air-conditioning, a telephone, a key-safe available for a fee and a tiny satellite television high up on the wall, like in a hospital room. Most of them don't have a fridge, but the apartments all have a small kitchen fitted with a fridge, a sink, cutlery, crockery, a kettle and two electric cooking rings. They are spacious and have a beautiful view from the balcony which is furnished with two plastic chairs and a small iron table. Half the rooms look seaward, with the other half facing the mountains, but in both cases the view is superb. There is not even any need to set foot on the balcony, you can admire the panorama from the comfort of your bed! As for the marble bathrooms, they have a bathtub with a flexible shower handle, a bidet, a toilet and two bars of soap. There is no hair-dryer though.
All meals are served in a nicely-sized room pleasantly decorated with china plates on the walls, candle sticks and one large and superb painting. It has a capacity for 200 guests and a terrace which enables you to enjoy the magnificent view of the bay of Puerto Soller. You have the choice between the buffet and the a la carte option. Majorcan specialities are served regularly and a Spanish theme night is organised every Thursday. The paella is particularly reputed! Breakfast is served from 7:30am to 10:00am, lunch from 12:45pm to 3:15pm and dinner from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The café bar called La Marina serves snacks such as sandwiches, hot dogs, pastries, etc, from 10:00am to 12:00am.
All you need to do is walk across the promenade to get to En Repic beach, on the left-hand side of the bay. The setting is exceptional, with the fishing harbour to the right, the two lighthouses at either end of the bay and the magnificent mountains that plunge into the sea. There is also a river that flows gently into the sea. The water is very calm and clear and protected from the wind and waves by the bay. A lifeguard watches over swimmers all the same, and a flag is hoisted to indicate the level of risk. There is not very much space on the beach however, and the only equipment consists of a few plastic deckchairs and showers. A pedestrian walkway running the length of the bay links the beach to the port, with bars, restaurants and shops dotted along the way. The whole of the beach and harbour area is a vehicle-free zone.